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Litigation is expensive. It’s hard to find honest advice, and even harder to handle a case carefully, tactically and ethically.
I get it. That’s why I thrive on mitigating risks so you can avoid lawsuits. And when lawsuits happen, I help you get the best possible results, with your head held high.
I represent companies in a wide range of fields, including technology, consumer goods, sports and outdoor recreational equipment, finance and communications. My representative cases include breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, unfair competition, employee mobility, non-compete agreements, real property title disputes and defense of a wide-range of consumer and industrial products against claims of negligence, strict products liability and design and manufacturing defects.
Whether you’re a small company or a large enterprise, you need to know your options before taking the course of action that suits your specific needs.
Disputes between business partners. Corporate dissolution disputes. Disputes between investors and businesses. Shareholder derivative actions. No matter what you’re up against, I’ll navigate it with your best interests in mind.
I also litigate between competitors, including unfair competition (California Business & Professions Code section 17200, et seq.), and breach of contract cases for disputes between businesses, vendors, suppliers and lenders. I’ve handled claims dealing with international interference with contract, international interference with prospective economic advantage, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud or misrepresentation.
A bad lawsuit can put you out of business. I thrive on protecting companies so they can continue to grow.
Did you get a demand letter from an attorney representing a current or former employee. How should you respond? These disputes can’t often be resolved without litigation – but they can amount legal fees in the hundreds of thousands, and severely damage your employee relations.
Whether you’re dealing with an employee mobility case (non-compete provisions, confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements); a wrongful discharge; the enforcement or avoidance of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; workplace safety violations; a claim of wage or hour violation; a breach of employee agreement or a class action lawsuit brought on by employees, you need the situation resolved as quickly as possible. I’ll advise you on all your options before the case turns into a lawsuit, and if a lawsuit can’t be avoided, I’ll work closely with you, defending you in all phases of the case, including through trial.
Product Safety Litigation
Advocating mindfully for you before and after the litigation is filed – and helping you stay out of litigation altogether.
Working primarily with manufacturers, I represent companies that make consumer goods, commercial products, and sports and outdoor recreational equipment. I get involved immediately when someone makes a personal injury or property damage claim, investigating it alongside the company’s product safety officer.
But the better option is always to mitigate risk before it happens. Let’s develop your company’s safety compliance program and greatly reduce your chances of being sued – and the potential magnitude of the damage. I’ve handled indemnity issues between distributors, manufacturers and suppliers (i.e. upstream liability), as well as construction defect lawsuits. I’ve defended against mass tort claims on behalf of product manufacturers, and a large number of consumer product safety cases dealing with everyday products such as garbage disposers, water dispensers, icemakers, thermostats, water heaters and gas control valves.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Enforcing and defending complex trademark infringement disputes, copyright disputes and trade secret theft.
A former employee has stolen your company’s trade secrets. A business partner, has violated your NDA. Trade secret misappropriation isn’t just for the Googles and Apples of the world: it can affect any company, at any time. Anything in your business that’s private and valuable could be a trade secret.
Your information is your company’s currency, but it’s a complicated area of the law. These cases are incredibly costly, and far better to avoid. Whether you need to create confidentiality agreements, employment policies and practices, send cease and desist letters or tackle a strategic lawsuit, I’ll help you dispute your case, fight it or resolve it.